Emimen has never been shy about sharing his negative opinion of U.S. President Donald Trump, which he made more than clear in his 2018 song “Ringer”.
“Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service to meet in person / To see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists,” Slim Shady raps in the track.
According to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via the Freedom of Information Act, it appears those particular lyrics are actually autobiographical; in fact, the 47-year-old rapper actually did receive a visit from the Secret Service — after somebody at TMZ dropped a dime on him.
This week, the Secret Service released 40 pages of documents proving that they did indeed interview the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, with the interview based on his “threatening lyrics” from his Kamikaze track “Framed”.
In the report, the Secret Service characterized Eminem as “exhibiting inappropriate behaviour” and noted that the song “threatens protectee [Trump].”
According to the documents, on Dec. 15, 2017, the day Revival was released, “a concerned citizen reported Marshall Mathers the rapper ‘Eminem’ had a new song called ‘Framed’ with an inappropriate comment towards President Donald Trump and a threatening comment towards Ivanka Trump.”
The documents indicate that “concerned citizen” was actually an employee of TMZ, who emailed the Secret Service a link to an article about Eminem’s lyrics, asking, “I want to know if your agency is investigating Eminem for his threatening lyrics about First daughter Ivanka Trump.” The documents provide no indication that the agency received any other requests to investigate Eminem (BuzzFeed News also reports that the staffer’s email was sent just hours after TMZ published a story about Eminem’s Trump-bashing lyrics).
The heavily redacted documents state that “the song was about a murder that he could remember and must be ‘framed’ with the specific lyrics, ‘Donald Duck’s on as the Tonka Truck in the yard. But dog, how the f**k is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car? … ‘ cause I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde Girl, that motherf**kin ‘ baton twirler that got dumped in the pond, Second murder with no recollection of it…”
The documents also refer to his earlier anti-Trump freestyle at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.
“This is not the first time MATHERS made threatening comments towards POTUS and his family,” the documents state. “In June 2017, MATHERS freestyled comments that were threatening in nature towards POTUS.”
Perhaps the most entertaining nugget of information to emerge from the documents comes from the agents’ description of their interview with Eminem, reporting that “Mathers was familiar with the song and began rap along with the interviewers as the verse was read.”
BuzzFeed News has reached out to TMZ for comment, but has not received a response.